Rail Nation

Good
  • Huge amount of content and options delivered through different eras and real time economics
Bad
  • Players new to tycoon games may find themselves overwhelmed with limited in game resources to learn the ropes
8.5

Rail Nation is a free to play transportation MMO that puts you at the head of your own rail empire with your task to grow against a number of competing transport businesses. With train management at the heart of your experience it’s a notably different experience from Travian Games who has published other MMO games such as Travian and Miramagia but this past experience in the multiplayer arena ensures that players are within safe hands. Beyond the browser based gameplay Rail Nation is also available on iOS and Android devices through the respective mobile apps where you can continue to progress the one transport empire.

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Economic simulation is at the heart of Rail Empire where players need to manage the logistics of a growing train empire across newly unlocked transport routes. Allowing players to progress through six eras of train transportation players can use the classic locomotives, steam powered trains and modern diesel engines that each provide new opportunities to transport your way to profits. In total players will have more than 150 train and engine options that each offer unique statistics and visuals for players to unlock through the technology tree.

Rail Nation starts players out small though with a single small city that needs goods to be supplied from one side to the other in order to help it grow and prosper. With the city expansion there are also opportunities to expand your rail empire with this shared growth a repeating element as you progress through your free to play train adventure. With expansion brings access to new train station buildings like the bank, construction yard, hotel, laboratory, licence trade, restaurant and shopping centre.

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At the heart of your decisions in Rail Nation players will find a strategy experience that offers more depth than you might expect on the surface. You’ll focus on growing your own railway company from zero to industry leader with plenty of opportunity to achieve this by yourself or to team up with a group of like-minded players to achieve your goal. Underlying all of this is the economic simulation model that has 48 different goods that are have their own supply, demand and production times that need to be considered before players invest into transporting them from point A to point B.

While most of this will serve players fine with a set and forget mindset it also leaves room for players to optimise in real time through regular game check-ins if preferred. These decisions are also further modified by your choice of scenario that ranges from the classic fictional 50 city map to real world USA or real world European challenges. In order to advance in either of these scenario options players will need to improve their position by boosting the two key stats of wealth and fame. For the most part this is achieved by devising efficient schedules to transfer the aforementioned large range of goods across the game world of choice. With the calculations over routes and prices updating in real time it’s definitely a challenge for even the most experienced tycoon management fan while still allowing players less number minded to succeed at a lower level.

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What really gives Rail Nation a huge amount of longevity is the massive amount of variables that are in the hands of the player that ensures there is something next on your to do list. Be it the huge range of train options in the game combined with the massive number of goods for transport or the strive to complete game quests, events and achievements while optimising your workers and other research options. You’ll find that the game quickly feels like a real economy as prices of goods fluctuate constantly and players even having the ability to bid on exclusive licenses to push their profits one step further.

Summary:

  • Create the ultimate rail empire starting from basic foundations.
  • Nearly 50 different good types that change value in real time to simulation supply and demand of the real world.
  • Research a wide range of technologies to give you an edge across 6 eras of transport that brings new engines and workers.
  • Bid on contracts and licenses to expand your empire with competitive advantage.
  • Team up with other players to rule the game economy in the multiplayer elements.

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Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team and enjoys video games across all genres and platforms. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 amassing over 3 million views on YouTube and 10 million article views on HubPages.

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